In recent years, more and more states around the country have been making the decision to cut down on their usage of plastic bags and containers in efforts to protect the environment.
For example, in 2009, Penang moved to charge consumers for using plastic bags, which ended up cutting their consumption and made everyone more environmentally conscious.
Then, more recently in 2017, Selangor also made the move to charge those using plastic bags, and even placed a RM1,000 fine for merchants using polystyrene packages.
Although Kuala Lumpur has not made this move, the city has taken its own steps to become more environmentally friendly by introducing biodegradable plastic bags and containers. However, did you know that consumers aren’t supposed to be charged for using these plastic bags and containers?
According to the New Straits Times, it’s actually illegal for merchants and hawkers in KL to charge customers for biodegradable plastic bags. If caught, they can be fined up to RM2,000, according to Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) planning executive director, Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd. He reportedly stated,
“Consumers are advised to report to DBKL if they were told to pay additional charge for biodegradable plastic bags.”
Datuk Mohd Najib also added that it’s compulsory for all businesses in KL to only use biodegradable plastic bags in an effort to be more environmentally-friendly. This was made effective earlier in January 2017. Customers were also advised to report any merchants still using regular, non-biodegradable plastic bags and/or containers.
So guys, the next time you find yourself being charged for biodegradable plastic bags at any shop in KL, be sure to report the matter to DBKL!
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